Ernest William Hamblyn was born in Plymouth, Devon, England in late 1865. He was the son of William Harper Hamblyn (b. 1840), a tailor, and Cecilia Bawden (b. 1841), Devon-natives who had married in Stonehouse in 1862.
Ernest had four known siblings: Laura Jane (b. 1867), Annie Maud (b. 1870), George Stanley (b. 1873) and Celia (b. 1876).
Ernest first appears on the 1871 census when he and his family were living in Adelaide Street in East Stonehouse, Devon. The family moved to Southampton around 1873 and appear on the 1881 census living at 2 Compton Walk, St Mary. Ernest has already left school and is working as an apprentice to an organ builder. Ernest was not present on the 1891 census, perhaps at sea, when his family were living at 14 St Mary's Road, Southampton.
Ernest was married later in 1891 to Lily Swan (b. 1869 in Aldershot, Hampshire). The couple would have a total of seven children: Percy George (1892-1964), twins Ernest (1895-1972) and William (1895-1976), Gladys Lilian (1898-1982), Laura Cecilia (1902-1907), Archibald James (1905-1975) and Stanley Arthur (1907-1984).
On the 1901 census Ernest and his family are resident at 2 Dyers Road, Shirley and he is described as a marine storekeeper. Absent from the 1911 census, Ernest's family would be now living at 2 Norman Villas, Dyer Road, Freemantle.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, Hamblyn gave his address as 2 Norman Villas, Dyer Road, (Southampton). His last ship had been the Olympic. As a bedroom steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.
Ernest Hamblyn died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
His estate, valued at £320, was administered not to his widow but a man named Henry Archibald Bayley Jamieson (1870-1935), a journalist and husband of his sister Laura Jane.
Ernest's widow never remarried and died in Winchester in 1939.